Lead-safe renovation required for Woodridge Addition

Construction started on our Woodridge Addition, and begins with demolition of the existing rear rooms. Built in 1909, this Four Square home is expanding for additional living space and upgraded fixtures. In addition, the owners and their toddler plan to live in the home during construction. Lead-safe renovation is important for homes built before 1978, and when children are present. As a result, DOEE required a lead renovation permit to ensure safe removal of the lead-containing materials. Tests for lead revealed that only the metal siding, door & window trim, and older wood windows contained lead. If suspected, it is important to test for lead to determine the exact location for each home.

Several safety measures are followed during renovation to limit lead debris spread. These precautions included sealing off openings to the rest of the home, and laying down plastic in the yard to prevent soil contamination. The renovation crew wore respirator masks and full-body suits to protect themselves from inhaling lead particles and spreading the debris. After cleanup, all surfaces are tested to ensure complete removal of any remaining lead residue.

With the lead renovation complete the remaining demolition work proceeded, focusing on removing the existing rear addition. Tyvek and tarp are installed on the exterior of the house to keep water out, and also to maintain efficient hvac operation. Finally, footings for the new addition foundation are now being excavated. We look forward to sharing the upcoming construction of the floor and wall framing! For more information on lead-safe renovation check out this EPA guide. A list of DC certified lead renovation companies can be found on DOEE’s website.

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